Upper Intermediate level
By the end of this lesson, Ss will know how to use a series of commonly used adverbs appropriately.
During this lesson, Ss will have controlled and freer practice using these adverbs to develop fluency.
Procedure (37-46 minutes)
T to set 3 gist questions :- Is this a good example of Managing people? Is this familiar to you? Does this happen in real life? and show Ss a short comedy sketch about a manager who is evading talking to his staff about serious issues by distracting them. After brief feedback from WC on the questions, Ss will be split into PW where one is a Manager and the other an employee. The employee will have a serious problem, eg not being paid, health and safety problem and the Manager will evade the issue whilst trying to be nice. T to do a quick FB at the end of this session from selected Ss to see how they felt.
T to elicit this new vocab through a game. 3 columns will be put on to the WB; Naturally, Unexpectedly and Unexpectedly and Surprisingly. Ss will be split into 2 teams, Men and Women worked last week, so I'll do that and review if there's an imbalance of numbers. T will then toss a coin to see which team starts and call the words to each team in turn, and in random order, Of course, Needless to say, Obviously, Oddly, Strangely, Miraculously and Remarkably. Ss will have 3 potential points for each word, putting it in the correct box, the spelling and the stress on the appropriate syllables. Teacher will elicit the word and drill from each word when it is entered. Because this is in strict turns, it should be more controlled to drill the word after it has been written, as it hasn't got the chaotic context of a race to the WB!
T to introduce the context of the Tom Wolfe Book, The Bonfire of the vanities and give Ss the handout in which they have to select the appropriate adverb from the list we have looked at. T to go through the answers asking Pairs what they have put in turn.
T to give Ss a further HO, which is an exercise which is a little bit more challenging, where Ss have to decide which sentences are correct. I have decided for the sake of convenience, to keep Ss in the same pairs for this exercise. T to again elicit the answers from each pair at the end of the exercise. As mentioned in Anticipated problems, some of the meanings of these adverbs are quite similar, so I will have to highlight contrast if and where necessary.
For this exercise, Ss will be divided into 3 or 4 groups, depending on numbers, Of course, Obviously and Seriously? They will be asked to think back to the beginning of the lesson where there were managers evading problems. Each team will be tresented with a problem and they have to prepare a 'grovelling' statement using the words we've learned. Points will be given for each word used. T to point out that although not exclusively, thiese words are often used to pad out statements to make them sound more heartfelt! T to give an example in context setting as contrast with plain language.